Northern Lebanon had more goals in mind than just a victory in its Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 3 wrestling match against Annville-Cleona Wednesday night.
The Vikings were also looking to get some of their younger wrestlers experience, so they could be ready when called upon in postseason matches.
In the end, Northern Lebanon got all it wanted in a 62-9 win over the Dutchmen, a victory in which three Vikings had their first varsity bouts.
“If a kid ever gets dinged or banged up, at this time of year, you want them to be healthy,” Northern Lebanon head coach Rusty Wallace said of the changes in the lineup. “We’ve got young guys who we’ll want to wrestle later in the year. It was good to get them out in the big time tonight.”
Kai Whitman and Nick Goodyear won their first varsity matches, both by pin. Whitman won the 160 bout in 5:52 over Evan Heilman, and Goodyear won the 285 bout in 1:00 over Daniel Davies.
Another Viking, Keaton Bender, made his debut as well. However, at 126, Adriel Merjudio defeated him 4-3.
A-C won only one other bout, when Zach Renninger pinned Chase Bressler at 5:38 in the 145 weight class. But the Dutchmen’s head coach was looking more at effort than the score against the 2017 team state finalist.
“I wanted them to wrestle aggressively and push the pace,” Jerome Simon said. “I told them not to worry about the score. Be relaxed, wrestle hard and take the match to them.”
Brandon Breidegan opened the match with a pin in 1:03 over Gavin Knox in the 106 bout. That was the first of six pins for the Vikings (4-0, 4-0). In addition to the falls by Whitman and Goodyear, there were: Blaise Bressler’s pin over Daniel Tobias at 1:21 of the 170 bout, Luis Negerios’ pin over Dion Lopez at 2:56 of the 195 bout, and Cole Messimer’s pin over Ben Barnhart at :38 of the 220 bout.
Northern Lebanon also had two technical falls. Stephen Herb won a 20-5 score in 5:36 against Tyler Speraw at 152. At 182, Ethan Herb posted an 18-1 victory over Caleb Turner after 2:58 of grappling.
Three more Vikings won by decision. Kyler Anspach won 7-4 over Matt Inman at 113. Colin Leonard took a major decision over Hayden Funck 18-5 at 132. At 138, Nicolas Winter defeated Michael Moran 12-6.
At 120, Seth Fischer won by forfeit for Northern Lebanon.
Though it turned into an easy win on the scoreboard, Wallace said that his squad was not quite up to its own expectations after the New Year’s break.
“We kind of back off a bit after the Hurricane [Classic at Bethlehem High School],” Wallace said. “We had three days off, and went light at practice yesterday. They’re in Christmas shape right now.”
Northern Lebanon 62, Annville-Cleona 9
106: Brandon Breidegan NL p Gavin Knox 1:03
113: Kyler Anspach NL d Matt Inman 7-4.
120: Seth Fischer NL won by forfeit.
126: Adriel Merjudio AC d Keaton Bender 4-3.
132: Colin Leonard NL md Hayden Funck 18-5.
138: Nicolas Winter NL d Michael Moran 12-6.
145: Zach Renninger AC p Chase Bressler 5:38.
152: Stephen Herb NL tf Tyler Speraw 20-5, 5:36.
160: Kai Whitman NL p Evan Heilman 5:52.
170: Blaise Bressler NL p Daniel Tobais 1:21.
182: Ethan Herb NL tf Caleb Turner 18-1, 2:58.
195: Luis Negerios NL p Dion Lopez 2:56.
220: Cole Messimer NL p Ben Barnhart :38
285: Nick Goodyear NL p Daniel Davies 1:00.
Wrestling Standings as of January 9th: